ESPN Sources report that J.R. Smith has been named 6th Man of the Year. Via
Look. Anyone who knows Wave Bandana knows that J.R. Smith is my favorite player in all of basketball. He’s not only my favorite current player, but he is my favorite player of ALL TIME. He is literally my favorite player to ever play the game of basketball. If you put a gun to my head, and told me to name the 2 BEST players to ever play the game, I would look dead into your eyes, spit in your face, and then say “JR #1, Michael #2″. Then I would smile while you pulled the trigger because I know right before I died I said the realest shit I ever spoke.
So maybe I’m a little biased when it comes to my man Earl, but this is real Jersey pride shit right here. They say JR is possibly the king of “irrational confidence guys”. Well then, I’m the king of “irrational confidence fans”.
This is the best thing that has happened to me in a while. Some fucking league recognition. Just because I’m an irrational confidence fan that seemingly ignores all basic logic and common sense, doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt when homies laugh in my face when I say everything I just said above (which I say literally every time he scores a bucket).
But now my argument has some ammo. Not enough to support my insane claims, but it’s a start. This should be the fucking MVP award though. And I’m not crazy. Hear me out:
In 2004 JR bailed on college to go straight to the NBA. This was understandable since he was NBA ready as a junior in high school and he also shared Mcdonald’s All American MVP honors with Dwight Howard. Dwight was one of the most hyped up players coming out of High School, so you know he had to be doing wild shit for the committee to be forced to split honors with him.
Had JR not skipped college, he would have gone to UNC where he verbally committed. UNC won the National Championship WITHOUT JR that same year. He would have won and UNC would have been undefeated. JR would without question would have been the #1 Overall draft pick.
When you are the the #1 overall pick, you can get away with doing retarded shit. They let you take that insane fadeaway 3 point shot from 2 steps in from half court. They give you confidence and time to grow. They don’t pull you out of the game every time you mess up. They support you. That support and offensive freedom goes a long way in a player’s development. Take a look at D. Rose’s rookie year. He was putting up some bullshit sometimes but would never get pulled. When JR did that his ass was on the bench for the rest of the game.
There are endless players that “coulda, woulda, shoulda”. This debate is endless. But what is rare about this istuation is it just comes from simple belief in a dude. There was no devastating injury. There was no career ending off the court issue. He just won the 6th Man of the year award and he almsot wasn’t resigned this year. If he had the support behind him and the minuetes, this shit could have been an MVP trophy.
I’ll take this shit though.
@Wave_Bandana / Blogs
PS – Can we fucking pay this dude finally? I could make the case that based on his salary + production he could honestly be the MOST VALUABLE player in the NBA from a financial standpoint.